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Best of the Islands

In Hawai‘i, what’s best is often what’s unexpected. So, get ready for underground eateries (literally!), artistic adventurers and daring style-makers. The islands’ finest have arrived.


Tori Praver

Conrad Gacki

Top Notes
Not every ‘ukulele player can whip her way through Bach with ease. But just because Taimane can, doesn’t mean she’s content to be considered just another prodigy du jour. At the age of 24, this virtuoso’s ready for more: It’s time, she says, to discover who she is as an artist. “My goal for 2013 is to work on direction,” she explains. “I’m not sure what that really means yet, maybe more international travel and another album, but I want to hone in on my identity and figure that out.” Discovered by the late Don Ho, Taimane is well on her way. As her latest release, Ukulele Dance, reveals, this smart strummer effortlessly morphs musical styles, from Bizet to Led Zeppelin. No wonder, then, that she’s opened for Chris Isaak and even played privately for celebs like George Clooney. Luckily for the rest of us, we can still catch her weekly in Waikīkī.

Suit Up!
Celebs are buzzing about Maui swimsuit designer and model Tori Praver, and for good reason. Hollywood heavy hitters like Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Vanessa Hudgens have been showing off their beach-ready bods in her designs. Praver—who, yes, just happens to model her luxe line of bikinis and monokinis—introduced new silhouettes for this year’s resort collection, including vintage, high-waisted bikini bottoms, paired with underwired bandeau tops in various fabrics and prints. In a sweet twist, she also collaborated with her fiancé, surf pro Danny Fuller, whose photographs have been silk-screened on two of her suits.

Balancing Act
Every Sunday morning, lululemon athletica transforms its Ala Moana Center boutique into one of Honolulu’s most popular yoga studios. Yogis-in-training come in droves for the groovy, complimentary classes taught by some of Hawai‘i’s top instructors. The 60- to 90-minute classes delve into the leading trends. Definitely, try a session with Conrad Gacki of Hot Yoga Nimitz. (Who wouldn’t be inspired by how elegantly he can balance in dancer’s pose?) Of course, there’s a chance to stock up on the line’s sleek threads after you’ve hit a more enlightened state. Not to be left out, lululemon’s Maui outpost—in beautiful Pā‘ia—also offers classes, including a beach workout. Ala Moana Center, Mall Level 2, 946.7220; 93 Hāna Highway, Pā‘ia, Maui, 579.9108,

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